Union flags, tea bags, Connect 4 and even a red telephone box! Team GB will feel right at home in Tokyo 2020 after 40 containers have been shipped with comfort to spur them on to the Olympics
Union flag loungers, unlimited cups of tea and a red phone booth – were it not for the stunning view of Tokyo Bay, it would feel just like home for the Team GB athletes.
With no expense spared, officials have shipped 40, 40ft containers 6,000 miles to ensure the country’s Olympians have all their comforts as they go for gold on foreign soil.
The floors of the 12-story block they occupy feature 80 Union Flag rugs, while there are 35 boxes of jelly babies and a giant Connect 4.
Team GB leaves for Tokyo 2020, where they will be followed by 40 containers with the comforts of home
More importantly, this is a prime section of real estate, better location than any rival. And when it comes to being Covid safe, no stone has been left unturned – even the stairs are outside.
The impressive setup is overseen by chef de mission Mark England. “I’d say this, wouldn’t I?” he told Sports post,,But this is the best place in the athletes’ village. We have recreational areas, great views and space around us. You see the village as 20,000 people on top of each other, but it’s not like that at all.’
England is less candid when asked how he managed to secure the facility. “We have a great relationship with the organizing committee,” he explained. “We also did a lot of research.”
Team GB chef de mission Mark England said they have ‘the best place in the athletes village’
Team GB has also taken over the impressive facilities on Keio University’s Hiyoshi campus and, back in the bay, the complex has a giant mural depicting the likes of Mary Rand, Ann Packer and Robbie Brightwell – heroes of the last time the Olympics were here in 1964.
The 1964 British contingent consisted of 204 participants, 160 of whom were men. This time there are 375, with 200 women.
“The hockey women cried out when we told them that,” England said.